The pilot of a small, single-engine plane made a stunning emergency landing on a busy Long Island highway on Wednesday afternoon.
The plane touched down on Sunrise Highway in Yaphank, Long Island near exit 57S at around 1 p.m. during an emergency landing. The pilot was the only person on board, and no injuries were reported.
In the video, both the driver and passenger in the car behind the aircraft were stunned with the pilot’s incredible landing. The plane touches down and pulls off the road without even disturbing traffic flow.
Some drivers can’t even maneuver that well.
According to ABC News, the pilot’s name was Jim O’Donnell. He had no choice but to land on the highway after a mechanical failure. “It wasn't good, but here I am,” he told reporter NJ Burkett. “No bent metal.”
The pilot has been praised for the landing, which including flying over a highway sign and under an overpass. “From what we understand he came in over the street sign that stretches across the westbound Sunrise Highway and was able to land in between that and the overpass,” Suffolk County police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron told ABC 7.
“And he came in under the overpass. He kind of threaded the needle there, and it looks like he did a pretty nice job under the circumstances. He didn't hit any cars, and no one got hurt.”
The plane was later towed down the highway to Brookhaven Airport. The FAA is still investigating what caused the mechanical failure on the Cessna which is registered to a man in Northport.
Deputy Police Commissioner for Suffolk County John Barry said that timing was key and that a few hours after the successful landing the highway would have been heavily congested with traffic.